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  • Calgary Chapter

    Food, flair, and great conversation
    More than 35 guests and members of IWF Calgary enjoyed a special evening in May organized by Glenbow Board Member and IWF Member, Terry Allen. The exhibition featured exquisite gowns and daytime apparel, perfumes, and accessories - all from the first ten years of the House of Dior (1947–1957), when Christian Dior himself designed the pieces. It explores the construction of Dior’s designs to understand how the House reinvented modern dressmaking by reviving forgotten historical skills and fusing them with unprecedented designs, cuts, and materials.


    Fireside chat with new U.S. Consul General

    After learning that Lucia Piazza, the new U.S. Consul General, was a recent graduate of the IWF Leadership Fellowship program, 
    Michèle Stanners invited her to meet Calgary IWF members. In April, Lucia was interviewed in a fireside chat by Dr. Brenda Kenny. She shared a vivid picture of her career in the State Department with a focus on women's leadership. In simple but profound initiatives, she’s found ways to make a lasting difference while respecting cultural norms and restrictions in specific countries.


    Waterloo Chapter



    Dine-Arounds are a popular event in Waterloo every spring and fall. An April event included (left to right): Amy Schlueter, Jane Adams, Machelle Denison, Rosa Lupo, Sarah Shortreed, Stacey Rous, Linda Fabi, Ginny Dybenko (host), Anne Miner, and Julie Barker-Merz. In addition to sharing about each other, conversation focused on strategies to enrich and expand membership, as well as how to get more out of chapter activities. The fall Dine-Around is scheduled for October 24th, 2019.


    Atlantic Chapter



    February 2019 marked the five-year mid-point of the work Nova Scotians are undertaking to address their demographics and economic future. IWF Atlantic members attended a lively breakfast update on shared progress toward the 19 Goals identified by the One Nova Scotia Commission. The presentation and Q&A was co-led by Don Bureaux, Chair of One Nova Scotia and President of NSCC, Laura Lee Langley, Deputy Minister of the Office of the Premier and Head of the Public Service, and Duff Montgomerie, Deputy Minister, Department of Labour & Advanced Education. Pictured left to right: Christine Hanson, Don Bureaux, Anna Stuart, Barbara Pike, Dale Godsoe, Ava Czapalay, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, Marion MacKenzie, Laura Lee Langley, Maureen Reid, Kendra MacDonald, Ann Divine, Candace Thomas, Pamela Scott-Crace, Duff Montgomerie.


    Toronto Chapter





     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Last year, several IWF Toronto members attended the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) conference when it was in Toronto. This past April, former Toronto member Hèlène Marie Gosselin received an honorary doctorate from RAI University at the WEF conference held in Delhi. RAI University has campuses in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Gujarat. The honour was conferred “in recognition of outstanding contribution to women’s empowerment and inspirational leadership.” She also received the All Ladies League of India “Award of the Decade in Innovation & Leadership” at the closing ceremony.

  • Deborah Trudeau is only the second Canadian to be appointed President of IWF International. She’s served as chair of the Montreal chapter (2008-2011) and president of IWF Canada (2011-2013) and then onto the International Board for six years. She first joined in 2002. As a business owner with frequent travel, she found IWF a great way to get out of her corporate cocoon and meet amazing women she would not have met otherwise. “The connectivity of IWF is very powerful and rewarding,” she says. As IWF global president, she’s focused on enhancing that connectivity through new programs and initiatives bringing local to the global and global to local...READ MORE

     

  • In April, the 2019 Cornerstone Conference welcomed over 700 attendees to Barcelona, Spain. This year’s event programming addressed subjects with profound economic, social and political implications. More than 50 expert speakers and moderators touched on topics including innovation in architecture, barriers for women in sports, sustainable fashion, the future of the European Union and girls’ access to education.

  • Martha “Martie” Russel (pictured above left) brings her signature blend of warmth, compassion, and drive to everything she does. An award-winning volunteer, healthcare entrepreneur, and fundraiser, Martie puts caring for others at the core of her leadership. In 2005, she joined IWF Toronto and has been attending Cornerstone and International Conferences from the beginning. For her, those events are sacrosanct time in her annual schedule. Not surprisingly, she’s humble about being the originator of the IWF scarf, now a hit with delegates from Melbourne to Barcelona. For members who treasure the one-of-a-kind, silk-charmeuse memory of world travels and IWF sisterhood, you have Martie to thank... READ MORE

  • Is your company in a position to become a sponsor? Please contact Sharon London Liss (sharon@sharonlondonliss.com), Lisa Borsook (lborsook@weirfoulds.comor Shirley Dawe (shirley@shirleydawe.com)

    The Dine-Around Committee is searching for 20 more locations. If your home is located within a 20-minute radius of the Westin Harbour Castle or if you know of a private dining room within that vicinity, please contact Judi Cohen (cohen.judi@gmail.com), Brenda Brown (bbrown0205@gmail.comor Martha Russel (martha.russel@gmail.com).  For non-residents, there are creative ways in which you might still be able to host – a private club, a sister’s home, or even an Airbnb!

    For leads on Pop-Up Shops and Gift Bags, please contact  Pat Tremaine  (pat@tmiprojects.comand Donna Harris (donnajharris10@gmail.com).

    Conference Cookbook - The conference committee is creating a cookbook that highlights Canadian cuisine as a gift for each delegate. Collecting the recipes, testing them, and compiling the book will have to happen quickly. We’re looking for six recipes per chapter to showcase local flavour. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share, or can you get a recipe from a renowned restaurateur with photos? We are almost at our deadline, so please connect quickly if you have something to share! Please contact Sharon (sharon@sharonlondonliss.com), Karen Seward (karen.beverley.adams@gmail.com) or Lisa Lyons (Lisa.lyons@corusent.com)

    To get involved in any other way, don’t hesitate to contact Sharon or Lisa. Working together as Canadian members, we can make this World Leadership Conference outstanding!

  • Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia (Atlantic) has been named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women’s Hall of Fame by the Women's Executive Network (WXN). Eleanor Chiu (Calgary) won the Organizational Diversity Award at the 22nd Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards. Agnes Di Leonardi (Toronto) received the Order of Canada, our country's highest civilian honour for service to the nation.  Honourary degrees were conferred on Kim Sturgess, Marie Delorme and Aritha van Herk (Calgary), who was also named to the Order of Canada.

    Mary D'Alton (Waterloo) was appointed Executive Director of the Cowan Foundation. Karen Furneaux (Atlantic), a three-time Olympian, was honoured by the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. Chris Hornberger (Atlantic) has received her Certified Executive Coach designation from Royal Roads University. Brenda Kenny (Calgary) is the new Board Chair of Alberta Innovates. Jane Klugman (Waterloo) is the first woman appointed as Honorary Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada. Kendra MacDonald (Atlantic) is the first CEO for Canada’s Ocean Supercluster.

    Sheila O’Brien (Calgary) was appointed Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator.  Karen Redman (Waterloo) was elected chair of Waterloo Regional Council in October 2018. Mary Rozsa de Coquet (Calgary) was awarded the 2018 Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award. Janice Rubin (Toronto) won the Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Award at the Chambers Canada Awards.

    Michelle Savoy (Toronto) received the Dean’s Philos Award from the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. Kathy Sendall (Calgary) was named Lieutenant Colonel
    for the Alberta Military. Cathy Simpson (Atlantic) is the new board chair of New Brunswick Innovation Foundation.

    Barb Stegemann (Atlantic) was recently featured in WestJet Magazine about her social enterprise fragrance venture, 7 Virtues. Candace Thomas (Atlantic) has been included in the second edition of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian WomenJosephine Victoria Yam (Toronto) won the Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award and is one of RBC’s
    Top 25 Canadian Immigrants.

  • Is your organization in a position to become a sponsor? Please contact Sharon (sharon@sharonlondonliss.com), Lisa (lborsook@weirfoulds.com) or Bambina Marcello (bambina.marcello@aircanada.ca).

    The Dine-Around Committee is looking for 20 more locations. If your home is within a 20-minute radius of the Westin Harbour Castle or if you know of a private dining room within that vicinity, please contact Judi Cohen (cohen.judi@gmail.com) or Martha Russell (martha.russell@gmail.com). For non-residents, there are creative ways you can host – a private club, a sister’s home, or even an Airbnb!

    For leads on Pop-Up Shops and Gift Bags please get in touch with Pat Tremaine  (pat@tmiprojects.com) or Donna Harris (donnajharris10@gmail.com)

    Conference Cookbook The conference committee is creating a cookbook that highlights Canadian cuisine as a gift for each delegate. Collecting the recipes, testing them, and compiling the book will have to happen quickly. We’re looking for six recipes per chapter to showcase local flavour. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share, or can you get a recipe from a renowned restaurateur (with photos)? To help, contact Sharon (sharon@sharonlondonliss.com), Karen Seward (karen.beverley.adams@gmail.com) or Lisa (Lisa.lyons@corusent.com)

    To get involved in any other way, don’t hesitate to contact Sharon or Lisa. Working together as Canadian members we can make this World Leadership Conference outstanding!

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    For more than two decades Monette Malewski (above middle) has been a part of IWF.  And IWF has been a part of her.  A history of involvement with Montreal (Canada’s oldest chapter) made her influential in IWF’s early growth across the country. She’s also served three back-to back 2-year mandates on the international board. IWF Canada created a Circle of Luminaries to honour members like Monette, who are deeply engaged nationally and internationally.  At the Miami conference in October, she was IWFC’s 2018 inductee in recognition of her tireless dedication and leadership in fundraising, governance, and mentorship
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  • 08 Mar 2018 by Renee Levine

    Karen's book launch took place today at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.  Her book, Strong Beauty: Power Up the Champion Within, is available on Amazon in hard copy and Kindle at the following link:
     
     

    Strong Beauty: Power Up the Champion Within is an Olympic athlete’s journey to harness the POWER of self-belief and appreciate the beauty in us all.

    Karen's vision for this book is to reach many under-served communities to inspire young women to find their unique power, strength and voice.

  • 25 Sep 2017

    At this past summer's IWFC AGM (held in Montréal), Christine Bergevin (IWFC Montréal member) was introduced to Jackie King (IWFC Ottawa and IWFC National Board member) by
    Karen Kinsley (IWFC Ottawa). At Christine's urging, Jackie agreed to piut her name in for the appointment process for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  Jackie, a stellar candidate with terrific credentials from Hill & Knowlton, has now been appointed as COO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  

    On Sunday, September 24th at the Montréal chapter AGM, Martine Irman (IWFC Toronto) became Third Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Christine Bergevin became Chair.  Anne Marie Hubert (IWFC Montréal) who currently leads the Board of the Public Policy Forum and is a Director of the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, kindly agreed to co-lead the Board Task Force on Diversity.

    It's fair to say that IWF shakers and movers are at work! Congratulations to everyone.

  • Meet some of our chapters’ newest members. Watch this space for more new-member listings throughout 2019.

    (Calgary) Sara Austin is the Founder and Chair of Children First Canada, a new national non-profit dedicated to the protection and empowerment of Canada’s children. Claudia Cattaneo is an award winning journalist; news, finance and public policy junkie; and former Western Business Columnist at the National Post. Geeta Sankappanavar is Co-Founder & President of Grafton Asset Management and the recipient of numerous awards for leadership. Susan Veres is a partner with Honeycomb Communications.

    (Edmonton) Myrna  Bittner, a CEO tech founder, is passionate about representative diversity and ethical AI. Cheryl Whiskeyjack, Executive Director, Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, is a proud Aninshinaabe kwe (woman) and member of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Nation on Beautiful Manitoulin Island.

    (Atlantic) Jennifer Angel is President & CEO, Develop Nova Scotia. Alice Aiken is VP Research and Innovation at Dalhousie University. Mary Bluechardt is President & Vice-Chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University. Carrie Cussons is President & CEO, Events East Group. Christine Hanson is CEO, NS Human Rights Commission, and  Christine Pound is Partner, Stewart McKelvey.

    (Montreal) Pascale Fournier, is President and CEO, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, is a member of the Royal Society of Canada College and holds the Research Chair in Legal Pluralism and Comparative Law at the University of Ottawa. Eve Laurier, General Manager, Edelman Montréal, is an award-winning strategic communicator. Francine Leger is VP Creative at Vasco design international Inc. Michéle Thibodeau-De Guire, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation of École Polytechnique de Montréal, is a distinguished recipient of numerous honours for citizenship and excellence.

    (Toronto) Mary Federau, EVP at Mattamy Asset Management. Bambina Marcello is head of Business Development for Air Canada.

    (Waterloo) Elizabeth Heald was named President & CEO of Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) in August 2017.

    (Ottawa) Marjolaine Hudon is Regional President of Ontario North & East at RBC, and has held a wide variety of regional and national positions. Cheryl Jensen is President and CEO at Algonquin College. Jessica McDonald was appointed to the Canada Post Board of Directors and is acting as interim President and CEO. Amy Shapero is the CFO at Shopify.